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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also challenging

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and challenging movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and challenging, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country. Maimovie provides context-aware recommendation based on extensive data gathered and analyzed by AI.

Last Update Mar 01 2021

1 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

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2012-06-08 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    numerous plots
  2. Ranked #1 for
    witty script
  3. Ranked #2 for
    clever and witty dialogue

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2 Blue Ruin (2013)

When the quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news, he sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. However, he proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

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2013-09-09 | Crime / Thriller

Cast

Macon Blair, Devin Ratray

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    high-running emotions
  2. Ranked #1 for
    grim and gritty
  3. Ranked #1 for
    expository dialogue

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3 Sinister 2 (2015)

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.

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2015-08-19 | Horror

Cast

James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon

Rating

rating icon 5.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    malevolent character
  2. Ranked #2 for
    suddenly jumping
  3. Ranked #2 for
    decent enough

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4 Lore (2012)

Lore leads her four younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos she encounters a mysterious refugee who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire.

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2012-08-02 | Drama / War

Cast

Saskia Rosendahl, Kai-Peter Malina

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    new perspective
  2. Ranked #2 for
    different point of perspective
  3. Ranked #2 for
    distorted view

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5 Better Watch Out (2016)

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a 'safe neighborhood', a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.

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2016-09-22 | Horror / Thriller

Cast

Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller

Rating

rating icon 6.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    sickly twisted
  2. Ranked #2 for
    unsuspected
  3. Ranked #2 for
    unexpected twist

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6 The One I Love (2014)

On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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2014-08-08 | Romance / Comedy

Cast

Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    for case study
  2. Ranked #1 for
    getting under my skin
  3. Ranked #1 for
    unplanned

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7 Calibre (2018)

Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip that descends into a never-ending nightmare as they attempt to cover up a horrific hunting accident.

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2018-06-22 | Thriller / Horror

Cast

Jack Lowden, Martin McCann

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    unpleasantly surprising
  2. Ranked #1 for
    very satisfying
  3. Ranked #1 for
    rock solid

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8 The Lost City of Z (2016)

A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.

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2016-10-15 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

Rating

rating icon 6.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    more interesting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    savage
  3. Ranked #2 for
    ably portrayed

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9 Spanglish (2004)

Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

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2004-12-17 | Comedy

Cast

Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful actress
  2. Ranked #1 for
    flair for comedy
  3. Ranked #1 for
    wrapped-up nicely

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10 Catfish (2010)

Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on Facebook, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

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2010-09-17 | Documentary

Cast

Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    equally compelling
  2. Ranked #5 for
    slowly developing
  3. Ranked #5 for
    obvious

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